Welcome to May's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and
information about our organisation and what is going on in the
We are pleased that health inspectors have just published a
glowing report for Altrincham Hospital following an unannounced
visit by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year.
Altrincham Hospital, which provides a range of out-patient
clinics, diagnostic services, and a minor injuries service,
received excellent feedback in all areas of the report, with
inspectors finding that 'patients were treated with dignity and
consideration by staff at all times'. I recently attended a
celebratory groundbreaking event on the site of the new development
to mark the start of building work on site. Facilities will include
a minor injuries unit, out-patient consultation and treatment
rooms, physiotherapy, X-ray, ultrasound and blood testing services,
in addition to offices and meeting rooms for staff.
We are coming to the conclusion of our very first Equality &
Diversity Fortnight. A number of events and activities were
organised to take place across the two weeks which aimed to look at
our achievements in this area and to provide an opportunity for our
staff to learn more about Equality, Diversity and Human
Plans are well underway for our Young People's Health Event on
Tuesday 25th June from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the Nowgen
Centre. The Membership Team began organising engagement
events for young people several years ago to show young people what
happens in our hospitals, offer information about careers in the
NHS and provide advice about health and well-being. These
events also help us to recruit more young members and give them a
voice in the planning and delivery of health services by our
Our event this year will be our fourth and we hope that it will
just be as successful. Over the years, nearly 1,000 young people
with their teachers, friends or parents have attended.
As you will be aware from the responsibilities outlined in the
Health & Social Care Act (2012), this type of public and member
engagement is a crucial part of the Governor role. The
feedback from Governors who attended last year was extremely
positive - the event helped to recruit new members, attracted
additional young people to join our Youth Forum and Volunteer
Service and inspired some young people to consider pursuing a
career in the NHS.
We are again asking Governors to assist Donna Beddows, FT
Membership Manager in manning the Membership Stand. It is an
excellent opportunity to engage with the young people and their
teachers who attend, and to gain valuable feedback from them in
addition to promoting the role of Governor.
I do hope you will be able to join us at our Membership
Event. Please send details of your availability to Donna
Beddows at email@example.com.
If you have particularly strong links with community groups, an
event flyer is available via the Membership Office and I would be
grateful if you could utilise this to promote the event
If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a
Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New measures unveiled to protect people if care
New measures were announced at the beginning of the month to
protect people who rely on care services in the event their care
home or service provider goes into administration.
Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, announced legislation
would be introduced to give the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
powers to oversee the financial stability of the largest and most
difficult to replace care providers.
The role of local authorities is also being clarified so that,
if a care provider fails, local authorities will have ultimate
responsibility for ensuring continuity of care for all people
receiving care regardless of who is funding the services.
The CQC's oversight of finances, and the clarity of the local
authority role, will give people who depend on care providers,
along with their families and carers, an added level of assurance
that their care needs will continue to be met.
Government launches care comparison
Information to help people choose, compare and comment on
residential care homes and home care services is now available on
NHS Choices. The new care profiles provide the most comprehensive
source of information on care services.
Pensioner group sets up own
A pensioner is leading a crusade to make sure standards in
Manchester's healthcare are monitored and maintained. John
Eastwood, 72, is secretary of the region's Civil Service Pensioners
Alliance, which has 900 members. Using the Freedom of Information
Act, his committee has gained a snapshot of Manchester's trusts
over the last five years.
Over six months, he has painstakingly compiled statistics,
ranging from the number of beds, doctors and nurses to parking
charges and the number of spaces for the disabled over the last
five years. He says he will repeat the process every six months to
International Clinical Trials Day
On 20th May, our activities to promote
the research capabilities of the Trust culminated with celebratory
events to mark International Clinical Trials Day.
Visitors to our hospital sites were able to learn more about
research and how to get involved through information stands,
interactive activities and public engagement events.
Around 100 members of the general public attended the
interactive engagement event, which included presentations from:
Simon Denegri (NIHR Director for Public Participation and
Engagement in Research); consultants involved with research,
Professor Colin Sibley, Professor Ian Bruce, Dr Rick Body; research
nurse/coordinator Alison Royale and Clare Griffin. The NIHR
Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit also provided an
interactive session for participants who have been involved in
their research at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical
Advanced Nurse Practitioner attends The Florence
Nightingale Commemoration Service
Jacqueline Thompson (Advanced Nurse Practitioner,
MRI and Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar 2012/13) was invited
to attend the Florence Nightingale Commemoration service, at
Westminster Abby earlier this month. This annual service celebrates
the life and work of Florence Nightingale and gives thanks to
nurses, midwives, healthcare workers in the Armed Forces and
unqualified staff working in healthcare.
A number of readings were given within the service. These
included the Dean of Westminster, Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing
Officer, NHS England), Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health)
and Professor Elizabeth Robb (Chief Executive, The Florence
Musculoskeletal BRU finds 14 new genes which could affect
future treatments of childhood arthritis
Scientists from Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research
Unit based at our Trust, along with The University of Manchester
have indentified 14 new genes whihc would have important
consequences for future treatments of childhood arthritis.
Scientists Dr Anne Hinks, Dr Joanna Cobb and Professor Wendy
Thomson, from the University's Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology
Unit, whose work was published in Nature Genetics this weekend,
looked at DNA extracted from blood and saliva samples of 2,000
children with childhood arthritis and compared these to healthy
BBC One And Gold Star Productions Secures
Unprecedented Access To The St Mary's Centre
For the first time on British television, BBC One and Gold Star
productions have gained unprecedented access to the St Mary's
Centre, the leading Sexual Assault Referral Centre, to produce a
documentary entitled Raped (working/title).
As well as following the work of the team, the one-hour
programme focuses on different aspects of our services which are
shown through the personal stories of two women who have been
Fundraising projects 2013/2014
The Charity Team was delighted with the project funding
applications received from across the Trust this year, which have
highlighted some very exciting fundraising priorities for the next
There are too many projects to list here in full and there are
still more to be confirmed but some of the priorities for the year
include the refurbishment of the Burns Unit and investment in play
equipment for the Children's Hospital, an elastography machine for
liver clinics at MRI, a retinal scanner for the Eye Hospital, a
microscope for children's root canal treatment at the Dental
Hospital and enhancements to the High Dependency Unit (Ward 64,
delivery unit) at Saint Mary's.
If you are interested in hearing more about any of these
projects or the others that have been confirmed, there is more
information on our website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
you can call the Charity Team on 0161 276 4522.
Kids Love Football
On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, our
Charity patrons, Phil and Julie Neville hosted 'Kids Love
Football', a family fun day at Bowdon Club in Hale. The day saw
plenty of activities including an under 10s and under 11s football
tournament, Tesco FA Skills and CP Sport (cerebral palsy) football
skills sessions plus fairground stalls, raffles and tombolas.
Phil Neville presented FC Blue Star Meteors, the winners of the
under 10s tournament and Albert FC, the winners of the under 11's
tournament with trophies and Rio Ferdinand also made a special
appearance. With the sun shining, the day was a huge success
raising over £8,000 for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Thanks to all our Manchester Marathon
The Charity Team would like to say thank you and congratulate
all those that took part in this year's Manchester Marathon to
support our family of hospitals. This year, the charity had over
100 runners in the 26 mile race and it was great to meet them, plus
their family and friends on the day in the Charity Village at Old
Further information and photos from all Charity Team events and
activities can be found on our family website www.cmftcharity.org.uk or
the Children's Hospital website www.rmchcharity.org.uk
and Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RMCHCharity.
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